A report on an entertainment portal stating that the prolific Tamil-Telugu-Hindi music composer M M Keeravani is planning to retire, has caused distress among some of his fans who believe the written word.
But when I asked Keeravani, a dear friend for many years with whom I exchange songs on whatsapp, about the report he was taken aback.
“I am retiring, Sir? That’s news to me!” he said without an iota of irony. Then after a thought he added, “I am in a farmhouse right now far removed from all the news and hearsay that floats around in the city. Way back in 2014 I did consider retirement.Not any more. It’s been five years since I gave up the idea of retirement. But the speculation continues, ” sighs the softspoken Keeravani whose all-time favourite composer is Sachin Dev Burman.
Why did he contemplate retirement 5 years ago? “I thought I had worked enough and it was time to make way for other younger composers. I have been composing since 1990. And I did consider hanging up my boots…rather, beats. But my daughter and wife didn’t allow me to.So here I am six years later , still on the scene but not in the race for sure.”
After Baahubali, Keeravani’s score for Rajamouli’s RRR is eagerly awaited. What kind of music can we expect ?
“Well, it’s a period drama, set in 1922. The sound of my music is partly Baahubali-ish and partly military-based. One thing I can guarantee you. It’s a sound never heard before,” promises the ever-innovative and unfailingly melodious Keeravani.